Gut Brain Connection
Hippocrates said “All diseases begin in the gut”!
Our western culture’s love of processed foods, the use of antibiotics in our dairy and meats and GMOs have led to a destruction of our friendly gut flora. Pain relievers, such as aspirin and NSAIDS, and steroids also damage the gut flora. Birth control pills, sleeping pills, GERD medications and numerous other drugs cause problems within the GI tract.
Eating a diet filled with too much simple carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods increases the fungi that live in our gut flora. If the fungi and “bad bacteria” outnumber the beneficial bacteria we are prone to develop disease.
According to Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, neurologist and author of The Gut and Psychology Syndrome, there are dietary measures for restoring a healthy gut. She recommends taking a probiotic supplement and a diet that includes food sourced probiotics from fermented foods and water and milk kefirs.
Eating fermented foods on a regular basis is the most effective way to heal a “leaky gut”, a condition that exists because of a weakened and often inflamed, permeable intestinal membrane, which allows undigested food particles to enter the blood stream.
The science is there, we are what we eat and we can heal ourselves with the help of fermented foods.